The Swift is Suzuki's most popular car and for good reason; as well as being reliable and efficient it's packed with features even from the entry level SZ-L which now has Radar Brake Support, AppleCar Play / Android Auto, a Rear View Camera, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Multimedia Touch Screen along with 16" Polished Alloy Wheels (and that's just the start!)

For this exercise we're going to take a closer look at the Swift Automatic which comes with a self-charging hybrid engine (no need to plug in) and is available in the SZ-T and SZ5 specification.

A fair comparison

We're putting the Swift up against its competitors to show you the pros and cons and how they all compare on specification, performance and of course price.

Having been a Suzuki dealer for so long we already know how good the Swift is but we can assure you that our review will be based on fact and not opinion and once you've read it, you can then make up your mind for yourself.

Today we are comparing the Suzuki Swift SZ-T Automatic against other similar automatic models.

Performance & Efficiency

When it comes to efficiency the Toyota Yaris tops the table ever so slightly ahead of the Swift Automatic which comes a very close second. The Swift's 1.2 litre dualject self-charging Hybrid engine was actually born from a collaboration between Suzuki and Toyota who are pioneers when it comes to hybrid technology so it's not surprising that they both perform the best.

Some people assume that hybrid brings with it the worries of where and how to plug in but with a self-charging hybrid engine you can drive like you always have without the need to plug in and still with the benefits of reduced CO2 emissions and improved MPG (miles per gallon).

FEATURES

Suzuki have made massive improvements in recent years when it comes to technology and standard features so it's been interesting to see how the Swift matches up to it's competitors. To make things fair we scored a point for every model which included the following as standard: -

  • LED headlights
  • Front fog lights
  • Collision Warning
  • Adaptive Cruise Control
  • Blindspot Monitor
  • Rear cross traffic alert
  • Traffic sign recognition
  • Parking sensors
  • Keyless Entry & Start Smart-phone Link
  • Rear View Camera

Without doubt the Swift comes out on top scoring 10 out of a possible 11! Pretty impressive we're sure you'll agree? Coming in joint second were the Mazda2 Skyactiv-G SPORT and Renault Clio TCE Iconic and following closely behind the Hyundai i20 T-GDI Premium, the Peugeot 208 Allure and the Toyota Yaris VVT-I Design.

PRICE

Like anything, a final decision generally comes down to price and this is the bit we were most impressed with. It was quite surprising to see the range of prices across the 12 cars we compared but there's no question over who comes top with the Swift SZ-T Auto beating it's closest competitor by a whopping £3,100! With Suzuki's current finance deposit contribution and saving on RRP the Swift comes under the £15k bracket with a price of £14,749*.

We've been careful to compare like for like models and whilst costs would be added on for things such as metallic paint, the Swift beats it's competitors hands down when it comes to price and value for money.

HEAD TO HEAD

ModelPriceMPGLED HeadlightsFront Fog LightsCollision WarningAdaptive Cruise ControlBlindspot MonitorRear Cross Traffic AlertTraffic Sign RecognitionAir ConParking SensorSmartphone LinkRear View Camera
Suzuki Swift SZ-T£14,74955.3YESYESYESYESYESYESYESManualYESYESYES
Seat Ibiza FR DSG£21,21044.1YESYESYESNONONONOAutoNOYESNO
Mazda 2 Sport£19,84547.9YESYESYESNOYESNONOAutoYESYESNO
Hyundai i20£22,25053.3YESYESYESNONONONOAutoYESYESYES
Kia Rio T-GDI£17,85052.3NOYESYESNONONONOManialYESYESYES
Skoda Fabia TSI£18,90544.1NOYESYESNONONONOAutoYESYESNO
Peugeot 208 PT£21,01044.3YESNOYESNONONOYESAutoYESYESNO
Renault Clio TCE£19,66048.7YESYESYESNONONOYESManualYESYESNO
Toyota Yaris VVT-I£20,97557.7YESNOYESYESNONOYESAutoNOYESYES
Ford Fiesta EcoBoost£21,76549.6YESYESNONONONONOManualYESYESNO
Vauxhall Corsa SE£19,44545.7YESYESYESNONONOYESManualNOYESNO
Volkswagen Polo TSI£20,39547.1NOYESYESNONONONOAutoYESYESNO

As you can see the Suzuki Swift SZ-T stands tall above the rest. The most notable is the value for money you get with the Suzuki Swift. It tops all other competitors across the board as in the cheapest prices. This is one of the main reasons people over look the Suzuki Swift as they think "you get what you pay for". The Suzuki Swift SZ-T is low in cost but high in value, its that simple.

If you would like to know more about the Suzuki Swift SZ-T please visit your local Colin Appleyard dealerships.

Price correct at time of comparison (June 2021)